When it seems like everyone you know is writing personal essays online, it can feel like a big leap to go from short-form internet writing to the type of essays that usually end up in books or anthologies by folks like Roxane Gay, Rebecca Solnit, and Alexander Chee. In a time when short-form pieces seem to dominate the internet, how can we write in a way that holds the reader’s attention all the way through a long-form story?
Through readings, discussions, and analysis of your work, this workshop will guide you towards the long essay form and the various ways that a nugget of personal history can be the root of a work that's more ambitious and expansive. This class is best-suited for writers with some workshop experience. Folks who are working on memoir chapters are also welcome. Each writer will have the opportunity to workshop twice throughout the six-week course, and will meet with the instructor for an individual conference.
- Greater understanding of the long-form essay
- The confidence to write long-form personal essays and memoir chapters
- Detailed feedback from your peers and instructor
- Advice on how to pitch and publish long-form journalism
- Access to Catapult’s list of writing opportunities and important submission deadlines, as well as a 10% discount on all future Catapult classes
"Meredith routinely gives detailed, insightful, and decisive feedback. They also have the rare ability to both articulate artistic nuance and suggest ways to give a piece of writing commercial life."
"Meredith is such an incredible writer, thinker, and mentor--smart and generous in equal degree. As I've moved from being a radio reporter to writing book-length nonfiction, I've been constantly supported by her incisive feedback and inspired by her sharp, creative writing style."
"Meredith gives honest, detailed feedback, drawing on her experience as a writer and editor as well as her background in science and the arts. She makes connections others might not see, providing valuable insight to nonfiction writers."